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Al Harris Library Talking About Author Philip K. Dick
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Talking About Author Philip K. Dick

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The author of more than forty novels and numerous short stories, Philip K. Dick over the course of three decades helped reshape twentieth-century science fiction. Philip K. Dick was born in Chicago, IL and died in California in 1982, but he never lived to see his novels and ideas make the leap into popular culture through the medium of film. A number of these films, such as Blade Runner (based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), Total Recall (based on We Can Remember It for You Wholesale) and Minority Report have become common currency in the world of science fiction narrative. In many ways, Philip K. Dick is the most famous writer you have never heard of.

More than anything else, Philip K. Dick was a novelist of ideas, one who was able to transform science fiction novels from pulp entertainments into philosophically challenging explorations of the nature of reality. It is this depth of vision that continues to gain new audiences for his work and serve as a continual fount of images and ideas to contemporary filmmakers.

Here to discuss three of his novels is Phillip Fitzsimmons. Mr. Fitzsimmons is the Reference and Digitization Librarian at the Al Harris Library. Phillip has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Oklahoma in Philosophy and English Literature as well as a Master's in Library and Information Studies, also from OU. We will be discussing the novels A Scanner Darkly, Martian Time-Slip, and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.


  • Topic: Talking About Author Philip K. Dick
  • Author(s)/Performer(s): Philip K. Dick
  • Interviewee: Phillip Fitzsimmons
  • Interviewer: Frederic Murray
  • Recording Engineer: Brandon Schwartz
  • Length: 00:22:02 (hh:mm:ss)
  • Recorded: July 13, 2012